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Guide to lowering

Thought maybe we could make this a sticky for all to see. This is a good guide for how to lower your colorado/Canyon Z85 or ZQ8.

easiest way is have a shop do it, but if you are looking to save money and you have the tools then its not to bad.

no pics but i can throw out a step by step
Disclamer: use these step to lower the front end and rear end, I am in no way responsible for the outcome(but this is how i did it)

1. lift the truck high ehough to put jack stands under the frame.
2. put jack stands under the frame, just in front of the tranny xmember.making sure the front tires are off the ground. might need to loosen the lugs a little first unless you have an impact tool.
3. remove wheels
4. start on drivers side, remove the sway bar link
5. remove the lower bolt in the strut
6. remove the upper 3 nuts for the strut, easiest when dont with a ratchet wrench(at this point I have heard of people being able to remove the strut) but in my case I had to
7. unbolt and seperate the lower ball joint from the spindle
8a.either use a spring compressor to compress the spring and loosen the top nut on the stud(using a ratchet wrench and an allen wrench) careful not to strip it.
8b. take it to a automotive shop and have them do the swap(they have all the right tools for this job)
*make sure you see the alignment of the top studs to the bottom
eyelet(have to keep it lined up or you cant get it back in)

9. you these steps in reverse to go back together
*make sure to tighten everything back or you will have real problems
10. lower the truck off the jacks stands and tada.
11. once finished do the same thing for the passenger side
12. get it aligned A.S.A.P.

Here are some general pics of my 05 coly in process will add better step by step pics later, but this will work for now








for the rear
1. jack the rear up enough to place on jack stands
2. put jack stands under the frame just in front of the shackles(as tomake sure no weight is on the wheels)
3.loosen and remove the bolts for the shocks
the pick a side and loosen the 4 nuts holding the u-bolts on that side
4.remove u-bolts
5. using the floor jack lift that side of the axle up enough to put the blocks in
6. install the blocks(I had to put it in and then because of the angle of the axle hit the tire with a hammer to get it to pop into the pin.
7. once its all in,both pins in there respective holes, put the new u-bolts on and tighten the poop out of them(want to do this with an impact wrench, not a hand wrench) because you will never get it tight enough with a hand wrench and the blocks may break
8. put the shock back in and tighten the bolt up
9. same thing for the other side.
10. once all finished and everything is tight, jack the rear back up and remove the jack stands
11. drop her down and viola(sorry if i mispelled, as I am not french)

Also as added by L53500SLE: It is a good idea to check all fasteners after 100 miles or so for torque.

there you have the steps I used to drop the truck the first time. The most rescent time I went and had my shop do it( was only like $150 for alignment and all for me).

Hope this helps, and oh yeah dont forget the disclaimer :)


Pics will be added soon.

Good luck and lets see pics


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Nicely done 05
Yeah i didnt have to drop the balljoint, just kinda screwed it outta there.
Maybe add check torque after about 100 miles or so, so nothing gets loose.



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Its a good walk through just a few steps that are not needed. IE removing the shock bolts from the plate. But it will def get someone started.

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Absolutely you guys add what I missed no problem there. Hey I am not perfect I just know these questions get asked alot and I wanted to get it out there and make it easy to find.


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You should add a parts list of all the aftermarket products. And Maybe add some pictures later on. IDK....just adding my .02 cents.

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I've got the pictures from when i did my 2/3 if you want them 05



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For the front drop, steps 11 and 12 should be switched, he he.

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k I switched the steps, if you want to email me the pics I can insert them in and we will have a heck of a tech guide.


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What do you guys do if you want to raise it back up - setup a airbag kit?
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exactly what most are waiting on for bags is a kit. I just got an email from kris from suicideDoors.com and he said"WE WILL HAVE SOMETHING BUT IT WONT BE FOR ATLEAST A FEW MONTHS."
I replied please hurry cause many are dying for a kit.


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KYB struts and shocks

Figured I would add this here since it is a sticky.

Contacted KYB and they gave me these part numbers for front and rear struts and shocks, the fronts are not yet available, but he said in about a month they should be. Given that they have a part number for them, I guess I can believe that. :) The Gas-A-Just are stiffer @ 280 psi, those would be the KGXXXX part numbers.

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Sweet. Anyone have pics of how to install leafs & ball-joints?



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Those #s for the shocks are for stock height right?
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Sweet. Anyone have pics of how to install leafs & ball-joints?
I will in about a month, but you prolly wont wait that long.


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Any word on the front Gas-A-Just struts?



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The front Gas-a-just's are still not showing up on KYB's site. The GR-2's are available for the front now, I just ordered mine through Jegs.com for 59.99 each and 10 dollars shipping fee. The great thing about Jegs is they only charge 10 dollars shipping no matter what you order. :D Except maybe crate engines and other huge items.

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did anyone have problems removing the nut from the highlighted part? the thing was tighter than a ......... :D i hope i didnt screw it up..


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Are you sure the bolt wasn't just spinning with the nut? Izzy used locking pliers to hold the bolt still when he did mine. It came right off.


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Are you sure the bolt wasn't just spinning with the nut? Izzy used locking pliers to hold the bolt still when he did mine. It came right off.
yeah man i noticed that it was all spinning so i used some locking pliers as well... but man did it come off rough.. and going back on was just as hard :( the threads looked ok but it sure felt like they were crossthreading... its just buggin me now... thats the only part that went rough..

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